Strictly Ballroom's UK tour, starring Strictly Come Dancing's Kevin Clifton, postpones until autumn 2021

14 May
Posted in: Theatre News
Author: Staff
Kevin Clifton

Craig Revel Horwood's new production of Baz Luhrmann's STRICTLY BALLROOM only announced its big-name star, Strictly Come Dancing's Kevin Clifton, in mid-March, just as theatres were locking down. It's now postponed its tour, which was due to launch in late September, by a full year...

Due to the on-going Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 UK tour of Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom The Musical, starring Kevin Clifton and directed by Craig Revel Horwood, has been rescheduled and will now begin in Autumn 2021. 

To ensure everyone’s safety in these uncertain times, the producers of Strictly Ballroom The Musical had to take the difficult decision to reschedule the original tour dates. But the good news is that all of the shows in the touring schedule have been rearranged and tickets for each performance will be exchanged automatically, so fans will not miss out on this musical extravaganza. Details of how to exchange tickets will follow in the coming weeks. 

Based on the award-winning global film phenomenon Strictly Ballroom, which inspired the world to dance, this all-singing, all-dancing and all-glittering tour will now kick off in Plymouth on 27 September 2021. The musical will then waltz across the UK and parts of Ireland, including London area stints at New Wimbledon Theatre and Bromley's Churchill Theatre, before culminating in Blackpool in July 2022.

Kevin Clifton said:

“I’m really delighted that the Strictly Ballroom tour has been rescheduled.  As I’ve mentioned before, it’s my all-time favourite film and Scott Hastings is my dream role, so I can’t wait to bring this musical to theatres across the UK next year.  In the meantime, please stay safe and keep well everyone.” 

Craig Revel Horwood added:

“I’m thrilled that our new production of Strictly Ballroom The Musical has been rescheduled for 2021/2022.  The tour may be a year later, but you can still expect those same sexy dance moves, scintillating costumes and a simply FAB-U-LOUS show for all to enjoy, starring the one and only Kevin Clifton!” 

Craig Revel Horwood

What's the show about?

Strictly Ballroom The Musical tells the beguiling story of Scott Hastings, a talented, arrogant and rebellious young ballroom dancer. When Scott’s radical dance moves see him fall out of favour with the Australian Federation, he finds himself dancing with Fran, a beginner with no moves at all. Inspired by one another, this unlikely pair gather the courage to defy both convention and their families – and discover that, to be winners, the steps don’t need to be strictly ballroom.

Featuring a show-stopping book by Baz Luhrmann & Craig Pearce, and bringing together a sublime cast of over 20 world-class performers, Strictly Ballroom brings to life iconic songs, including Love is in the Air, Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps and Time After Time with dynamic and joyous verve. This tour will also feature some amazing new songs by internationally acclaimed artists including Sia, David Foster and Eddie Perfect. The show’s scintillating singing, dazzling dancing and eye-popping costumes will combine together to bring audiences a story of heart, comedy and drama, and promises to be an unforgettable night under the glitter ball.

This uplifting and courageous musical originated as a stage play that Baz Luhrmann devised with a group of classmates at Sydney’s National Institute of Dramatic Art in 1984. Eight years later he made his screen directorial debut with Strictly Ballroom, the first instalment in Luhrmann’s acclaimed Red Curtain Trilogy. The vibrant film enjoyed staggering success, winning three awards at the 1993 BAFTA awards and a 1994 Golden Globe nomination for Best Picture, going on to become one of the most successful Australian films of all time, earning more than $80 million at the box office. In April 2014 Strictly Ballroom The Musical had its world premiere at the Sydney Lyric Theatre.

Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom The Musical is a fabulous, feel-good evening full of sequins, singing and salsa. This unmissable kaleidoscope of glitz and glamour is a tonic for the soul and will send your heart soaring and toes tapping long after you leave the theatre!

Rescheduled tour dates

27/09/2021 - 02/10/2021                Plymouth Theatre Royal – On sale soon

04/10/2021 - 09/10/2021                Portsmouth: Kings Theatre

11/10/2021 - 16/10/2021                Northampton: Royal & Derngate

18/10/2021 - 23/10/2021                Sunderland: Empire

08/11/2021 - 13/11/2021                Ipswich: Regent Theatre

15/11/2021 - 20/11/2021                York: Grand Opera House

22/11/2021 - 27/11/2021                Bradford: Alhambra – On sale soon

29/11/2021 - 04/12/2021                Cardiff: Wales Millennium Centre

20/12/2021 - 31/12/2021                Guildford: G Live


03/01/2022 - 08/01/2022                Darlington: Hippodrome

10/01/2022 - 15/01/2022                Peterborough: New Theatre

17/01/2022 - 22/01/2022                Salford: The Lowry, Lyric Theatre

24/01/2022 - 29/01/2022                Llandudno: Venue Cymru

31/01/2022 - 05/02/2022                Southampton: Mayflower

07/02/2022 - 12/02/2022                Reading: Hexagon

14/02/2022 - 19/02/2022                Nottingham: Theatre Royal

21/02/2022 - 26/02/2022                Canterbury: The Marlowe Theatre

28/02/2022 - 05/03/2022                Southend: Cliffs Pavilion

07/03/2022 - 12/03/2022                Aberdeen: His Majesty’s Theatre

14/03/2022 - 19/03/2022                Glasgow: Theatre Royale

21/03/2022 - 26/03/2022                Edinburgh: Playhouse

28/03/2022 - 02/04/2022                Dublin: Bord Gais Theatre – On sale soon

04/04/2022 - 09/04/2022                Derry: Millennium Forum

11/04/2022 - 16/04/2022                Wimbledon: New Theatre

18/04/2022 - 23/04/2022                Bournemouth: Pavilion Theatre

25/04/2022 - 30/04/2022                Hull: New Theatre – On sale 15 May

02/05/2022 - 07/05/2022                Wolverhampton: Grand Theatre

09/05/2022 - 14/05/2022                Bristol: Hippodrome

16/05/2022 - 21/05/2022                Liverpool: Empire

23/05/2022 - 28/05/2022                Aylesbury: Waterside Theatre

30/05/2022 - 04/06/2022                Sheffield: Lyceum – On sale in the Autumn

06/06/2022 - 11/06/2022                Newcastle: Theatre Royal – On sale soon

13/06/2022 - 18/06/2022                Bromley: Churchill Theatre

20/06/2022 - 25/06/2022                Milton Keynes: Milton Keynes Theatre

27/06/2022 - 02/07/2022                Blackpool: Opera House